On Tuesday, March 16, Peter G. Gates, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at age 55.
Peter was born on July 21, 1965 in Binghamton, NY. He attended Binghamton North High School where he played one year of Junior Varsity football and later attended Binghamton Central High School. He was married to Holly Payne and they raised a son, Zachery.
Pete had a passion for sports. He especially loved coaching his son's hockey games and BMX bike racing. Many children called him "Coach." He was an avid bowhunter, loved fishing, and mastered the unicycle. Pete was a talented artist and musician as he played bass guitar in three different bands. He loved his many dogs, but especially Zuccarello. Pete was known for his infectious laughter and always being in good spirits.
Peter was preceded in death by his father, Peter O'Reilly. He is survived by his mother Dolores Marrongelli, step-father Joseph, his wife Holly, his son Zach, his brothers Bobby, and Rocco, his brother-in-law Russel, his uncle Bob, his aunt Bonnie, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 28, at the Hitchin Post on 1474 Route 7, Port Crane from 2-5 p.m.
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